The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
MONDAY MILERS FALL HIKING SCHEDULE
“All who wander are not lost.” JRR Tolkein
July 31st FIRST ANNUAL (EVER) TUBING GET TOGETHER.
1-2 miles, negligible elevation, R1, no car fee
This will be a shuttle “hike”: Pick up tubes by Dolly’s, I’ll bring my trailer, we will leave a car, drive to the Art Loeb parking area, walk to the deep pool with seating, tube back to Dolly’s….there must be a reason I mentioned Dolly’s so many times.
August 7th BLUEBERRY HIKE
4 – 6 miles, 300’ ascent, R3, car fee $5.00
We will drive to the Big Sam parking on access road 816 off the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike out and pick. Please bring a container to store blueberries ( a cut out milk jug works great.)
August 14th EXPLORING EAST PANTHERTOWN
6-7 miles, 900’ climb, R7, $4.00 car fee
From the Cold Mountain Gap trailhead we take Mac’s Gap to Big Green trail Mac’s Gap to Mac’s Falls and back. This is a loop.
August 21st NO HIKE SCHEDULED (SOLAR ECLIPSE!)
August 28th LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
September 4th (Labor Day) BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.5 miles, 500’ ascent, R6, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?
September 11th TRAVERSING DUPONT FOREST, FAWN LAKE TO GUION FARM8-10 miles est., 1,000’ climb est., R8, $3.00
Key exchange, we hike from Fawn Lake parking via Reasonover Trail, Turkey Knob Rd, Turkey Knob trail, Briery Fork trail, Grassy Creek trail, divert to Wintergreen Falls, Wintergreen Falls trail, Tarkiln Branch Rd. to Guion Farm. Since this is a key exchange, one group from Fawn Lake, the other from Guion Farm.
September 18th QUARRY TRAIL IN DUPONT STATE FOREST
500’ ascent, 4.8 miles, R5, car fee $2.00
We will hike ahead of the Monday Rollers. An “in and out” hike, this hike begins at the Rich Mountain Rd. trailhead for the Cannon Creek Trail. We follow this trail to Buckhorn Creek Trail and on to the Rock Quarry Road. Lunch at the quarry, then return.
September 25th HIKE WITH THE MONDAY MILERS
I will be out of town.
October 2nd CORN MILLS TO BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
6 miles, 500’ climb, R5, $3.00
From the Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike that trail to Bridal Veil Falls, have lunch, and return. Important note: We will wade the Little River. Either bring a pair of sandals to use, go barefoot when crossing, or wet your feet. It is a doable but slippery crossing.
October 9th DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE LOOP
7.5 miles, 900’ climb, R7, $5.00
From Highway 215 we walk down to Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam trail up to the MST, to Devil’s Courthouse back to the MTS returning to our cars.
October 16th PINK BEDS
6.5 miles, 350’ climb, R3, $3.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop.
October 23rd CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN LOOPS, DUPONT6.3 miles, 700’ elevation, R5, $2.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we to Burnt Mountain loop, do that, then hike up Cedar Rock for lunch, completing the loop to cars.
October 30th GRAVEYARD RIDGE LOOP
5-6 miles, 600’ climb, R6, $5.00
Parking on the side of highway 816 we hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to Graveyard Ridge Trail up to the restrooms. From there we return via the Pisgah Ridge “users trail”.
November 6th CAT GAP LOOP AND JOHN ROCK
6.6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
Hiking counterclockwise we will hike Cat Gap via the short cut to John Rock trail. We’ll stop for lunch with a view and continue on the John Rock loop to Cat Gap and back to the Fish Hatchery.
November 13th BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO FISH HATCHERY
8.4 miles, 1,800’ climb, R7, $2.00
Shuttle hike, we start at the Bracken Mountain parking , hike up to a connector trail to the Art Loeb trail for lunch, go from there down either left or right on Cat Gap Loop to finish.
November 20th NORTH SLOPE/ART LOEB LOOP
7 miles, 900’ climb, R7, no car fee
From the Art Loeb parking we hike up North Slope to the North Slope Connector to the Art Loeb Trail completing the loop.
November 27th DANIEL RIDGE LOOP
6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $2.00 car fee
From the Daniel Ridge parking we hike into the forest going clockwise completing the loop.
December 4th DIAMOND BRAND TO THE FOLK ART CENTER
8+ miles, 500’ climb est., R7, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle with the idea of Christmas shopping at the Folk Art Center. We hike a short “user trail” from Diamond Brand store, turn left (northward) onto the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hike to the Folk Art Center
December 11th FLAT LAUREL CREEK – BIG SAM KNOB LOOP
4.5 miles, 750’ climb, R5, $5.00
From Big Sam parking on road 816 we hike out Flat Laurel Creek to a right turn onto Big Sam Trail, hike to the summit for lunch and return, completing the loop.
December 18th SOAPSTONE RIDGE
6.8 miles, 800’ climb, R6, $3.00
From the gauging tower off Yellow Gap Rd. we hike in on the South Mills River trail, take a left onto a “user trail” hike up Soapstone Ridge to Barnett Branch, right, then down to Pink Beds, right, right again to the connector trail returning to our cars.
December 25th NO HIKE SCHEDULED (CHRISTMAS DAY)
January 1st (New Year’s Day) Hike to be determined if there is interest.